Get the look: Pearl Thusi

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Pearl ThusiPearl Thusi has become one of SA’s darlings, and despite her rise to fame she has managed to be a great role model – you’ll always hear her mentioning her young daughter, and how she puts her first.

We take a look at how to recreate this hot mama’s look for a night out on the town.

If you’re going for an eye shadow look as intense as this one, you don’t want foundation that looks too heavy – you might just end up looking like a Bratz doll. Go for a formula that’s matte or semi-matte, and that will last all night. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H, R395, will stick around through a monsoon, but doesn’t look or feel like a traditional long-wear foundation.

Stick to a powder blush on the cheeks (again, shine and shimmer will compete with the eyes), and choose a muted rosy shade that warms the complexion without looking garish.

Eyes are quite obviously the focal point in this look – they’re dramatic and intense, and are surprisingly easy to do. The easiest is to use Stila’s Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue, R210 (it’s a primer, shadow and liner in one), and start colouring in your lid up to the crease, and in a very slight outward v-shape. Once you’ve done that, smudge it outwards with your fingers until you’re happy with the effect. You can use brushes for smudging too, but the heat from your fingers helps the process along.

Line your lower lashes with the same crayon, and dab some matte highlighter shadow under your brow bone and in the innermost corner of the eye. You can also do the above with powder eye shadow following the same method.

Fill in your brows with a pencil, and then comb them up- and outwards for a slightly more angular look – but NEVER try to pencil them into a different shape. Maybelline Mastershape brow pencils are great, and the have a brush on the other end too.

Pearl is wearing a very pale pink here, but a milky coral would also do the trick (rumour has it that come spring, orange is going to dominate in all forms). Just ensure that it’s pale, milky and matte (to soften and offset the dramatic eyes), and you’ll be good to go. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish is the perfect milky pink, R100.

To keep a natural ‘fro looking good, keep it nourished with plenty of oils, and seal that in with some silicone-enriched finishing products. As far as natural oils go, olive, avocado and jojoba are great to work into damp hair, as is pure shea butter – you can get certified organic oils from SOiL Organic Aromatherapy. To keep protecting it from the elements, an argan / silicone product like GOSH Argan oil, R89, worked into dry hair will do the trick.

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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog

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  1. Nombeko

    I love Pearl and am learning makeup tricks, maar for me this look is spooky and harsh. Guess as I “grow” I will learn to appreciate all “looks”.

    6 years ago •

  1. Govender

    I love celebrity inspired makeup tutorials!

    6 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    Dramatic eyes are one of my favourite make-up looks!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    That’s super fierce. Don’t go getting the wrong idea and think this is ok for everyday wear, ladies.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    She looks great, but I would not go for this look.

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I love the afro look and I used to sport one too. Sadly due to my work i cant wear it any longer.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Being Pearl calls for dramatic, I won’t look so comfortable as her in such a heavy do and make up.

    6 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    I like the afro look and wanna try it so at least now I know which products to use because I don’t want it looking dry

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I prefer a more subtle look but it suits her

    6 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    I love pearl but i wouldn’t go for this look… It looks great on her though

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I love this woman!!! Pearl ….. love the colour of the lips…

    6 years ago •

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